Annnnddd we're back! Well, yeah, mostly. I am 8 months pregnant at time of writing and I know I'll probably end up taking a (much briefer) break again if the story isn't finished by my due date. As for why I was gone much longer intended... it's a long story, but I just got my PC back running and therefore just played (nearly finished) with Citadel. As I hope/expected, it gave me the inspiration to pick up this story again. I have a few ideas now so I intend to have the next chapter up fairly shortly, within a week of this original posting or sooner. Thanks for all the comments and kudos, and I know it's short, especially after such a long wait, but I hope you can find some enjoyment in it.
Fun note: I realized I started this follow-up chapter at least three times, being that I have three different drafts I would likely burn if I could manage the bravery to read them. Let's just say that my new ideas are likely much better than my old ones to finish this story.